Mar 042013
Sony Xperia T

Sony Xperia T

Sony Mobile today announced that its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade is now available in Canada for Sony Xperia T owners. According to the Facebook post:

Your Xperia™ T is about to get even better! Starting today, the Jelly Bean update to Android 4.1 for Xperia T will be available. Just plug your device into your PC and use PC Companion to install the new software.

It does not appear that an OTA update will be provided. Instead, the upgrade will have to be done through Sony’s PC Companion software using a PC.

The Sony Xperia T is offered by Bell, Mobilicity, MTS, Rogers and Vidéotron.

Drop us a note below to tell us if you’ve updated and how it went.

Feb 122013

About Google Android 4.2.2

It appears that the rumoured Google Android 4.2.2 update is indeed real and starting to roll out to devices today. A growing number of users are reporting that an upgrade is hitting the Galaxy Nexus (GSM model) as well as the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets and updating them to version 4.2.2.

A changelog outlining the changes to be found in build JDQ39 is not yet available. The description that comes up during the upgrade process promises only “performance and stability” enhancements. One expected fix should address the Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming issue will be included.

Let us know if you’ve received the update and what changes you have noticed.

Read more: AndroidPolice

Feb 072013

Sony Mobile today announced that it has begun to roll out its Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean upgrades for the Sony Xperia T and the Sony Xperia V. Both will also include improved Sony features. “We’ve been working to blend our Sony Xperia software with Google’s Jelly Bean release to create optimum user experiences.”

Aside from the OS upgrade itself, software versions 9.1.A.0.489 and 9.1.A.0.490 for the Xperia T and Xperia V respectively also include updated, more intuitive versions of Sony Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies. There is also a new search function within the application tray to find local apps.

As is so often the case, the update comes with a caveat: “Availability and rollout timing will vary by market and customer variants.” In Canada, the Sony Xperia T is carried by Rogers which expects the update to roll out in “mid-February.”

Sony Mobile also confirmed that the Xperia TX upgrade will follow next month. If the schedule last communicated remains unchanged, the Xperia P, Xperia J and Xperia go will then follow starting in late March. The Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion and Xperia acro S will then follow in “the subsequent weeks.”

Read more: Sony Mobile

Feb 062013

Motorola RAZR HD LTEMotorola Canada yesterday announced that it has begun to roll out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade for the Motorola RAZR HD LTE which is carried by Rogers and Fido.

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) is the latest Android operating system. It’s packed with new features and apps to help you tackle your busy day, like Google Now, Voice Search and better notifications. So no matter what life throws your way, your phone helps you stay one step ahead.

As usual, you can check manually if you have not yet received your upgrade notification: Settings -> About phone -> System Updates -> Check now.

Read more: Motorola Canada [via Twitter]

Feb 052013

Google has once again updated its “Platform Versions” report showing the distribution of various Android versions across devices that have accessed Google Play within a 14-day period. Jelly Bean (including both 4.1 and 4.2) continues to inch up (about 3% over the last month) with version 4.1 accounting for the lion share of the increase. At the same time, the story remains much unchanged: The nearly two year-old Gingerbread (2.3) still dominates with a 45.6% share.

Google Android version distribution
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Combine Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) and Jelly Bean (4.1/4.2) and they still account for less than Gingerbread but the gap is narrowing. With Google Nexus 4 availability improving and still more OS upgrades get pushed out, the tipping point may not be much longer in coming.

Android Donut (1.6) also managed to cling to the charts for another month. Anyone care to hazard a guess as to how much longer it will remain on the chart?

Google is widely expected to launch the next major version of Android at Google I/O 2013 in May. Before then, we may see the release of one more Jelly Bean version as early as later this month.

Read more: Android Developers

Feb 052013
Google Android

Ahead of the expected launch of the next major version of Android at Google I/O in May, Google is reportedly readying another Jelly Bean update. According to The International Business Times, Android 4.2.2 is currently undergoing testing internally on a variety of Nexus devices, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and the older Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It was first spotted back in early January on a Nexus 4.

The update is described as “minuscule at best.” New features are likely to be kept for Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Instead, Android 4.2.2 will instead focus on bug fixes and security enhancements. A changelog is not yet available but one fix mentioned will address the Bluetooth streaming issue on the Nexus 7.

Android 4.2.2 is reportedly set to launch in “a couple of weeks” with a release window of mid-February to mid-March.

Read more: The International Business Times (Source: BGR)

Feb 042013

There was good news from Samsung Canada yesterday among all the tweets about the Super Bowl and The Next Big Thing. The Canadian arm of the manufacturer announced that the Jelly Bean upgrade for the Galaxy Note II would begin rolling out on Wednesday, February 6th:

As you can see from the tweet, it will include Samsung’s Multi Window function as well as Chinese language support.

While Samsung did not provide additional details, the rollout will likely be staggered by carrier (as we have seen in the past). With the Note II carried by Bell, Mobilicity, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, Videotron, and WIND Mobile, it may be a few more days at least before everyone sees it on their device. As usual, you will be able to check manually to see if the upgrade is available yet: Settings -> About phone -> System Updates -> Check now.

Read more: Samsung Canada [via Twitter]

Jan 222013

Good news for the owners of a TELUS HTC One X. The Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean upgrade is now available and being pushed out to devices via OTA. Software version 3.17.661.2 also includes HTC Sense 4+.

TELUS HTC One X Jelly Bean upgrade

The update weighs in at a hefty 629MB so be sure to download it over Wi-Fi.

As usual, you can check manually through your settings if you have not yet received your upgrade notification: Settings -> About phone -> System Updates -> Check now.

Read more: TELUS

Jan 182013
Rogers Communications

Rogers has once again updated its OS Upgrades Schedule found on its Community Forums. All devices on the list are scheduled to receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean but ETAs for many have slipped a bit.

The Motorola RAZR HD is now slated for its update in early February (from late January). It will be followed by the Sony Xperia T (LT30a) in mid-February. Bringing up the rear are the the Samsung Galaxy S II (SGH-I727R) and Galaxy Note (SGH-I717R) with late February ETAs.

On a more positive note and just in case you have missed them somehow, the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X updates are now available.

Rogers does warn “release dates are subject to change.” There could be more changes so you will have to hang on (patiently) a bit longer. If nothing else, kudos to Rogers for updating the timelines regularly.

Read more: Rogers Wireless

Jan 142013

Samsung Galaxy Note IISamsung Canada delivered some good news to Canadian owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. In a statement released today, it confirmed that its Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update will include support for the anticipated Multi Window feature:

Samsung Canada announced today the upcoming availability of the latest update for the GALAXY Note II smartphone, which offers Multi Window allowing users to interact with two separate applications simultaneously.

The OS update (Android 4.1.2) gives customers the ability to personalize and customize their smartphone experience and interact with two apps at the same time. Samsung Canada now allows GALAXY Note II customers to change app positions within the Multi Window in addition to having the capability of using Pop Up Video while using Multi Window.

Also, included in this software update is the inclusion of both simplified and traditional Chinese language support. Easily accessible from the device’s settings menu, the software can change the language for most menus and applications and also support handwriting of Chinese characters to be transposed into text.

In a follow-up email, Samsung Canada indicated that the update will begin rolling out “in the next week.” Availability will depend by carrier suggesting that we could see a similar deployment as that of the Samsung Galaxy S III where some carriers got the update ahead of others.

Read more: MobileSyrup

Jan 112013
Google Android

Google may be readying to push out an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update in the near future. Reports of devices running Android 4.2.2 have surfaced in both Malaysia and Brazil.

In Malaysia, Lowyat reviewers received an 8GB Google Nexus 4 review unit with Android 4.2.2 preloaded. Upon initial assessment, it does not appear to come with any major differences over Android 4.2.1, the current official release. The build number is new and comes with the “dev-keys” tag, suggesting that this could be a developer build.

Android 4.2.2 spotted

A second device running Android 4.2.2 has also been found in Brazil. Much like the Malaysian unit, it appears to have come with Android 4.2.2 preloaded. There is no word if it also sports a build number with the “dev-keys” tag.

Android 4.2.2 spotted

Google Android 4.2.1 has not been without its bugs and issues, including random reboots (experienced on our Gadgetorama unit when location services are turned on). Hopefully Android 4.2.2 will focus on fixing these issues.

Read more: Lowyat and Adrenaline Brazil (Source: PocketNow)

Dec 192012

There is some unexpected but good news for Bell Motorola ATRIX HD LTE owners (including Gadgetorama’s own) tonight. The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean upgrade is now rolling out. It’s a pleasant surprise as Motorola’s latest upgrade schedule had indicated that the update would not be begin to roll out until Q1 2013.

Motorola ATRIX HD LTE Android 4.1.2 upgrade

Motorola ATRIX HD LTE Android 4.1.2 upgrade

If you don’t see the notification yet, you can check manually through your settings: Settings -> About phone -> System Updates -> Check now.

Dec 172012

SonySony today provided an updated and more specific timeline as to when 2012 Xperia smartphone owners would (or would not) see Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on their devices with the usual caveat that “availability and rollout timing will vary by market and customer variants.”

First up will be the Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V with upgrades set to roll during February and March. The Xperia P, Xperia J and Xperia go will follow starting in late March. The Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion and Xperia acro S will then follow in “the subsequent weeks.”

A number of devices will not be updated. The Xperia U, Xperia miro, Xperia tipo, and Xperia sola will all remain on Android 4.0. Sony explained that:

The quality of Xperia’s software experience is dependent on a number of factors including: screen resolution, hardware platform and RAM. In the case of Xperia go, this combination came together in a way that meant the user experience running JB was not adversely affected.

Unfortunately, in the case of Xperia tipo, Xperia miro, Xperia U and Xperia sola this wasn’t the case – so we made the decision to keep them on Ice Cream Sandwich.

It remains to be seen if and when devices will then be upgraded to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Sony has already confirmed that it will not upgrade its 2011 Xperia devices to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Read more: Sony Mobile Communications

Dec 142012

Rogers CommunicationsRogers has updated its OS Upgrades Schedule posted on its Community Forums. All devices on the list are scheduled to receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in the near future but it’s a mix of bad and good news.

Let’s start with the bad news: Upgrades for the Samsung Galaxy Note (SGH-I717R) and Samsung Galaxy S II LTE (SGH-I727R) have slipped to “Early January” and “Late January” respectively from an earlier “Late December” ETA.

And now the good news: Three devices have been added to the list: The Motorola Razr HD, the Sony Xperia T, and the HTC One X. All three are currently scheduled for “Late January” updates.

As Rogers warns, “release dates are subject to change.”

Read more: Rogers Wireless

Dec 132012

Samsung Galaxy S IIICanada’s Android 4.1 update rollout began early last week with Bell, Rogers and TELUS users getting their upgrades. Samsung Canada today announced that the upgrade will begin rolling out to Mobilicity, Videotron and WIND Mobile users on Friday, December 14th:

The rollout will be staggered and continue into next week, meaning that it may be a few more days before you receive your update notification. You can also check manually by selecting About phone > System updates > Check Now in the Settings.

It looks like Samsung will make good on its promise to have its Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean updates out before the holidays. As for Note users, it appears that the wait will go on a bit longer.

Read more: Samsung Canada [via Twitter]